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How to make paneer at home

How To Make Paneer At Home

Sneha Paul
Learn how to make paneer from scratch with just 2-ingredients. Try this easy recipe and make soft and tender paneer at home.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Ingredient
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 litre whole or full-fat milk
  • 1-2 tbsp lemon juice or vinegar

Instructions
 

  • Pour milk in a pot and heat it over medium flame. Once it comes to a boil, lower the flame and pour lemon juice or vinegar. You can use either of the two, just make sure you add it little at a time.
  • After adding the lemon juice stir the milk well and wait for it to curdle. If it doesn’t curdle then pour another tablespoon of lemon juice.
  • As soon as the milk curdles, turn the flame off and transfer the coagulated milk or chhena into a colander which is lined with a muslin cloth. Rinse it with cold water to stop the cooking process. This will also help in removing the acidity from the chhena and ensure it remains soft.
  • Squeeze and drain all the whey. Allow it to rest in the colander for 30-40 minutes.
  • After that open the cloth and tightly wrap it around the chhena like shown in the picture. Then place it on a plate.
  • Add another plate on top of the wrapped chhena. Then place a large bowl filled with uncooked rice on top. You can actually use any kind of weight in this step. If you like then you can use a heavy mortar and pestle, a marble chakla (Indian rolling board) or a heavy pot.
  • Allow it to rest for 4-5 hours. After that remove the cloth. Homemade paneer is ready to use.

Notes

  1. To make homemade paneer, you should always use fresh and full-fat milk. Using low-fat or stale milk will affect the quantity and quality of the paneer.
  2. To make soft paneer, always add the lemon juice after the milk comes to a boil. Pour it little at a time. And as soon as the milk curdles completely, turn the flame off. Make sure you don’t boil it after it curdles. Or else the paneer will become firm.
  3. After rinsing the chhena with cold water, squeeze out all the whey or water. Let it sit in the colander for 30-40 minutes. This will ensure all the excess moisture is removed from the chhena. And will help the paneer set well.
  4. To store the paneer in the refrigerator, take a bowl filled with water and dip the paneer in it. Make sure it is fully submerged. This will prevent the paneer from drying out and will keep it soft and fresh. After every two days, drain the water and refill the bowl with fresh water. By using this technique you can easily store the homemade paneer for up to a week.
  5. Whenever you want to use it, drain the water, cut the paneer into cubes and add it to the dish. Just keep one thing in mind that you don’t overcook or overmix, as the paneer cubes might break.
Keyword cottage cheese, non-melting cheese, paneer tikka